Wednesday 23 December 2020 / 10:30 PM Keir Starmer

Too much has been lost this year. But there is light at the end of the tunnel – Keir Starmer

Keir Starmer will use his Christmas message to highlight the “very best of Britain” which has been on show in “every village, every town and every city” during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Labour leader will personally thank key workers, describing them as “our country’s rock” and acknowledge those, such as emergency service workers, NHS staff and carers, “will have to step up again, one more time, this Christmas.”

Starmer will also pay tribute to scientists developing vaccines and servicemen and women working on the Covid-19 response. Striking a note of optimism, Starmer will remind the country the vaccine means “there is light at the end of the tunnel.”

The message recognises the huge pain for families facing “an empty space around the Christmas table” and those spending Christmas alone this year. To those who have lost loved ones this year he will say: “I know how difficult this period will be without them.”

Looking to the future, the Labour leader will urge people to capture the spirit shown during this pandemic to “rebuild a better future for our country.”

 

Full text of Keir Starmer’s Christmas message:

I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas.

It’s is a time to celebrate and come together with our family and friends.

It’s a time for Christians in Britain and across the world to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

The values of Christianity of generosity, of kindness and hope, Have shone through this year.

In every village, every town and every city we have seen the very best of Britain.

The key workers who have been our country’s rock.

The servicemen and servicewomen who have stepped up.

And the incredible scientists who have discovered a vaccine.

I know it hasn’t been easy.

I know for many of our key workers they will have to step up again, one more time, this Christmas.

As will our Armed Forces who have deployed here and across the overseas.

To all of you a heartfelt thank you.

Christmas is a time for us to be thankful for what we value most and to care for those who have lost so much.

Too many families have lost loved ones this year.

For many, that is going to mean an empty space around the Christmas table.

And I know how difficult this period will be without them.

To all of those families, to all of you in isolation, my thoughts are with you all.

This year has been like no other.

But there is light at the end of the tunnel.

The vaccine will be distributed.

The spread of the virus will slow.

Businesses will reopen.

And we will recapture the spirit that has got us through the pandemic and rebuild a better future for our country.

So, wherever you are and however you’re celebrating stay safe, have a very merry Christmas and I look forward to seeing you in the New Year.